From Oc­to­ber, all 3DS own­ers will be able to buy new home menu themes from the eS­hop, al­low­ing them to change their menu back­ground, icons, mu­sic and sound ef­fects. The Cir­cle Pad Pro may not be of­fi­cially re­dun­dant, but Nin­tendo’s re­fusal to support it in

is a def­i­nite push to up­grade. The New Nin­tendo 3DS XL comes in Metal­lic Blue and Metal­lic Black fin­ishes at launch, but won’t support the va­ri­ety of cus­tom plates that can be ap­plied to the front and back of smaller mod­els. There will be a range of 38 in­ter­change­able plates avail­able from launch, with vari­ants based on and

as well as ba­sic pat­terns and solid colours. They’re not cheap, rang­ing in price from ¥1,000 to ¥3,000 (ap­prox £6 to £17).

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